Left Bank Books, Anderson’s Bookshop and Magers & Quinn welcome best-selling and critically acclaimed author Thrity Umrigar, who will discuss his highly anticipated new book Honor, to our Facebook Live page at 7:00 p.m. on January 18. Umrigar will be in conversation with bestselling author Rebecca Makkai. Join us on our Facebook Live page and order a copy of Honor from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores! Signed bookplates will be available for copies of Honor ordered from Left Bank Books.
In this compelling and immersive novel, bestselling author Thrity Umrigar tells the story of two couples and the sometimes dangerous and heartbreaking challenges of love across a cultural divide.
Indian-American journalist Smita returned to India to cover a story, but reluctantly: a long time ago, she and her family left the country with no intention of ever returning. As she follows the case of Meena, a Hindu woman attacked by members of her own village and family for marrying a Muslim, Smita comes face to face with a society where tradition trumps her. own heart and a story. who threatens to uncover the painful secrets of Smita’s own past. As Meena’s fate hangs in the balance, Smita tries in every way to redress the balance. She also finds herself increasingly attracted to Mohan, an Indian she meets while on a mission. But Honor’s dual love stories are as different as the cultures of Meena and Smita themselves: Smita realizes she has the freedom to enter into a casual affair, knowing she can decide later. how much it means to her.
In this tender and evocative novel about love, hope, family devotion, betrayal and sacrifice, Thrity Umrigar shows us two brave women trying to navigate to be true to their homeland and to themselves at the same time. .
“Honor is an utterly gripping novel about two very different women whose lives come together after an unspeakable act of violence in India. With insight and compassion, Thrity Umrigar writes masterfully about the complexities of hate and love, estrangement and belonging, oppression and privilege, about hanging on and letting go. A powerful, important, unforgettable book.” –Cheryl Strayed, New York Times #1 bestselling author for Wild
“Honor is a novel of profound depth – cultural, personal, romantic, spiritual. It is also a story of tremendous grace, both in the understanding it shows its characters and in the way they navigate through a brutal but amazing life.” –Rebecca Makkai, Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Great Believers
“Propulsive…Umrigar offers readers a broad understanding of the complex issues at play in contemporary India.” –Weekly Editors
“Full-bodied and insightful, Honor is both a tale of horrifying family drama and a meditation on the complexities of love, both personal and national.” –Shelf Awareness
About our speakers
Thrity Umrigar is the bestselling author of eight novels, including The Space Between Us, which was a PEN/Beyond Margins Award finalist, as well as a memoir and three picture books. His books have been translated into several languages and published in more than fifteen countries. She is the winner of a Lambda Literary Award and a Seth Rosenberg Award and is Emeritus Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University. A recipient of the Nieman Fellowship at Harvard, she has contributed to the Boston Globe, Washington Post, New York Times and Huffington Post.
Chicago-based Rebecca Makkai is the author of the novels The Great Believers, The Hundred-Year House and The Borrower, as well as the collection of short stories Music for Wartime. The Great Believers was a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, and received the ALA Carnegie Medal and the LA Times Book Prize, among other honors. Makkai is on the MFA faculties at Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University, and she is the Art Director of StoryStudio Chicago.
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